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Gratitude in Chaos

As I was putting together a social media post for this week, I just had to stop and express some gratitude for the people in my life.

It's been an especially difficult year, filled with heartbreak and health issues. But even as I sit here sick with COVID, my heart is filled with love. I've had the good fortune to be able to take a break from the Nursery over the past couple of months. It's given me some time to breathe and actually enjoy playing with some of the remarkable people around me!

A photo of Emma, JP, and Mommy Black in Amsterdam on Halloween 2022.
Emma, JP & Mommy Black

This photo was taken in Amsterdam on Halloween. I love it SO MUCH because, even though it's blurry, it really shows how much fun we were having. And those are my favorite types of pictures.

What's interesting to me is that you can look at a photo and in an instant you can feel the excitement, happiness, dread, or sorrow that you felt when you took it. So, as I look at the pictures I've taken over the past year, and as I get closer to the more recent ones, I viscerally feel a weight being lifted from my shoulders. I'm happier now than I've been in years and I'm so thankful to the friends and family who surround me.

I'm so excited about the future and the plans that we have for the Nursery and the ABDL community. And even though we need to take a little more time before we can resume in-person sessions, taking a breather allows us to create some really great projects behind-the-scenes.

The point of all of this is that people will come and go in your life. It can be difficult to see them go, but keep your heart in the happy times and your head in the rough ones. Don't lose sight of the love you shared but recognize when folks are taking much more than they're giving. Relationships need to have an equitable exchange and when they don't, it's okay to move on.

BoonBerries, Corgi, JuiceBox and Mommy Black celebrating the holidays!
BoonBerries, Corgi, JuiceBox and Mommy Black

It may help you to mend when you look at the photos you took. Is there a gut reaction either way? If you get an icky feeling when you look at them, your body's trying to tell you that it's time to let go.

The goal is to get to a place where all of your photos make you feel joy and happiness (like I felt when I was looking for photos for the social media image above). You are worthy of that love and laughter!!

I hope that your holidays are filled with everything that you need. I'm so thankful to be a part of this wonderful community. Good things are in our future! I look forward to sharing a happy and healthy 2023 with you all!!


Mommy Black

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